Sanctioned mixed martial arts fights are one short step from becoming legal in Massachusetts after a bill on the sport sailed through the state's House of Representatives in a 144-10 vote Wednesday afternoon.
The state senate passed the bill 34-1 in July, leaving a signature from Gov.
The UFC has all but promised to bring an event to the Bay State -- specifically Boston -- shortly after sanctioning; UFC president
Massachusetts boasts a thriving MMA scene and is home to fighters including
Interestingly, Massachusetts briefly sanctioned MMA in the early 2000s until a reintrepration of laws surrounding combat sports caused the state boxing commission to stop.
According to one local newspaper, the Massachusetts legislation differs from other states due to an amendment that gives cities and towns the authority to vote on whether to allow mixed martial arts events.